As a kid, I looked forward to the holiday season for many of the usual kid reasons: Christmas vacation from school, holiday presents and decorations, and coming up to Rockford to have breakfast with Santa Claus at Chas V. Weise's in Colonial Village Mall.

As you're no doubt aware, the Santa breakfasts at Weise's are a thing of the past, but having breakfast with St. Nick here in Rockford is still going strong at the Rockford Park District's Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens.

Limited space is still available at Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens for the popular Breakfast with Santa events sponsored by GreenFire Restaurant, Bar and Bakery. All ages are invited to enjoy a tasty, family-friendly holiday-themed breakfast complete with seasonal decorations. In addition to a visit with Santa and meeting the Winter Fairy, there will be holiday activities, a craft to make, and a trip through the All Aglow holiday lights exhibit.

The two dates still available for Breakfast with Santa are this Saturday, December 3rd, from 8:30am-10am, and Saturday, December 17th, from 8:30am-10am. Admission is $14 per person ($16 for non-residents).

These fill up fast, so the Rockford Park District encourages you to register in advance by clicking here.